TsunamiTsunamis are seismic waves generated by under-ocean earth movements including earthquakes. The ACRD is a vulnerable area and has been subject to tsunami damage in the past. On Good Friday, March 27, 1964, a four-metre high wave generated by an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska, caused $5 million damage to homes and business in Port Alberni (1964 dollars).
Warning bulletins are issued to the Port Alberni Fire Department Dispatch through the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) and the WCATWC in Palmer, Alaska. Experience shows that communications before and during the event and public information prior to the possible arrival of a tsunami are of particular importance to an effective tsunami response.Alberni Valley Tsunami Map in pdf Alberni Valley Tsunami Message